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pope benedict reassured roman catholics that will continue to serve god when he enters retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way, allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. peter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said we would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strengths. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he calls a new life of prayer and meditation. >> in the name of the father. >> three priests of the former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien of scotland engage in the inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the 1r59 can a week before the prepare resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth warbl of st. paul minnesota. >> it's in god's hands. the holy spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years, i don't think it will crumbable in a year. >> kenneth sympathized with benedict. >>
in his life is also charged in the death of a woman. >> plus pope benedict xvi retires this week on thursday. this morning tenfs thousands of catholic faithful turned out for his final sunday blessing. and as he prepares to leave, there's one more scandal overshadowing the vatican. i'll kira klapper live in san francisco. i'll have what they >> in one of his last acts as pontiff, pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing from the vatican this morning. his retirement is stirring up rumors and the church is fighting back. kira klapper is live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. kira. >> katie, they are here and many haven't heard the reports overnight the pope is resigning so quickly to avoid any fallout from the scandal of sexual abuse. he said s resigning because of advancing age and says he will still serve the church with the same dedication but he said he will do so at a way more suitable to his age. they gathered in saint peter's square for closeness and affection. [foreign language of] >> meanwhile in los angeles yesterday cardinal roger mahoney testified under oath ab
. italians go to the polls. will these candidates garner enough to get a stable government? paul benedict the 16th reassures programs that he is not abandoning the roman catholic church. what change will this bring? >> we need to go now. >> will it be "argo" tonight at the oscars? welcome to the program. death by torture. that is what the palestinian government says arafat's jaradat died during an israeli prison. they say his death was from a heart attack. jaradat was arrested six days ago on suspicion of throwing stones and wednesday and israeli. his death has sparked thousands of palestinian prisoners on a 24 hour hunger strike. authorities say he had bruises and broken ribs and a bloodied nose. >> it is clear that jaradat was subjected to torture which led to his death. i give complete responsibility to israel. it is undeniable that the version of events from israel is made up. >> in my opinion, i blame the prison officers and the israeli prison services. it took them six days. they told him to say goodbye to your children. >> we are joined live from jerusalem. hello. we have seen peop
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
will talk about how this could impact oscar pistorius's murder case. >>> and today was pope benedict xvis a -- last public prayer before he retires. the vatican is strongly denouncing italian media reports that gay priests at the vatican were being blackmailed by male prostitutes. i will speak to a journalist who covers the vatican later on this hour. >>> back in this country, a winter storm is slamming colorado right now. forecasters say denver could get up to ten inches of snow. the storm moves on to the plain states tomorrow and in the northeast, it's a pretty messy weekend there as well. this is what manchester, new hampshire, looks like. lots of wet, heavy snow. about 6,000 homes and businesses are now without power. >>> hollywood heavyweights are getting red carpet ready for the oscars. the 85th annual academy awards gets under way about three hours from now. and this year could be one for the record books. we will explain why in just a few moments, live from hollywood. >>> all right. back to daytona. can danica patrick race her way to victory lane? that's the question of the hour a
as this week. >> pope benedict xvi giving his last sunday blessing to a massive crowd in st. peter's square. thanking the faithful before he resigns on thursday. and italians are heading to the polls today in a crucial parliamentary election that could shape their future. italy is one of europe's biggest economies. >> kelly: office depot's acquisition of office max among mergers that have been announced recently. wall street appear to have approved but the mergers must get by the justice department. lately they have made a habit of blocking similar deals. what is going on here? joining us is brenda buttner, anchor of "bulls and bears", and always good to see you. why are we seeing so many of these messager deals taking shape? >> money. there is so much corporate cash on the sidelines that has not been invested. essentially what is happening, i think outside the financial sector, it's estimated there is $1.7 trillion on the sidelines in corporate cash reserves. they need to do something with that money. they are feel more confident. they are going to go on a shopping spree and essentially bu
will discuss pope benedict's legacy and give you a short list of who could succeed him. >> jamie: have you heard of identity theft? there is a new warning about it. we don't want to you get your identity stolen. you are at risk. we will tell you how to protect yourself, coming up in my take charge consumer protection segment. >> eric: drivers are gearing up for the daytona 500, a day after the horrific crash that injured dozens of fans. we'll have the latest, live from the speedway, ahead. (crickets c) bill: you might just wanna trade that one in. ♪music announcer: the spring fishing classic starts this weekend at bass pro shops. during our reel trade-in sale save up to $100 more on a new reel when you trade one in. morning, boys. so, i'm working on a cistern intake valve and the guy hands me a locknut wrench. no way! i'm like, what is this, a drainpipe slipknot? wherever your business takes you, nobody keeps you on the road like progressive commercial auto. [ flo speaking japanese ] [ shouting in japanese ] we work wherever you work. now, that's progressive. call or click today. is bigg
daytona. >>> pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing at the vatican before his resignation, officially stepping down on thursday. alex savage is live with more on some of the controversy surrounding the process to find his replacement. alex? >> reporter: the church's sexual abuse scandal could certainly play a role in the selection process moving forward. today, catholics around the world and here in the bay area are honoring pope benedict xvi as he steps down just days later on this week. earlier on this morning, the outgoing pope gave his final blessing at the vatican. >> yes, guys, they are right there. >> the 85-year-old spoke from his studio window addressing a huge crowd that packs st. peter square. estimated at roughly 100,000 people. the pope spoke in a clear, strong voice thanking the faithful for their closeness and affection and tried to reassure catholics that he is not abandoning the church. he'll be stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. and then soon the search for the next pope will begin. a conclave of 120 cardinals will vote in vote on benedi
the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people on hand got the blessing and heard the hope give more reasons. he told the crowd that god told thime live a life of more prayer and medication. the 85-year-old pontiff said god asked him to live his life with the same dedication but in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> gratitude, expression and prayer. >> very happy to hear that he is not going away from this and that he is going to be in prayer. i was moved to hear those words from him. >> i was very grateful y. have seen the pope before. now i am grateful to see the pope for the last time for now. >> reporter: this very joyous event played out against background of news scandal. headlines about priests accusing scottish cardinals of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. those priests and the former priests want cardinal o'brien to resign immediately before he comes here to vote for the new pope. a papal spokesperson says the pope will be informed about the matter and the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >>> pope benedict will make his l
repairing the fence to insure today's race would go on. >>> today was pope benedict xvi's last public prayer before he retires. thousands gathered in vatican city to hear him speak. the pontiff assured the crowd that although he's retiring, he isn't going to abandon the church, but will dedicate his time to prayer and meditation. now to a scandal surrounding the catholic church, italian media are reporting on allegations of a network of gay priests at the vatican. blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. meanwhile, an american cardinal says he intends to help select the new pope despite a petition that he not be allowed to do so. the l.a. archdiocese relieved cardinal roger mahoney of public duties after it was revealed he plotted to conceal child molestation priests. meanwhile, four priests have accused of a scottish cardinal of inappropriate behavior. they have reported cardinal keith o'brien to the vatican. the cardinal has denied the allegations. >>> hollywood's most celebrated actors are getting ready for the red carpet at the oscars, the 85th annual academy awards gets under way a
. >> plus pope benedict retires in a few days. as he prepares to leave there's one more scandal overshadowing the vatican. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. >> welcome back, everybody. good morning. we are starting this half-hour off with a quick look at the weather. here's lisa argen. >> good morning to you. this is a live look at emeryville this morning. some neighborhoods are starting out milder and that's because of the strong northerly winds. it's allowing for the temperatures toasty up near 50 degrees this morning and oakland. in san francisco and elsewhere we are dropping into the 30s from the north and east bay valleys. range from the mid-30s to the lower 50s with clear con
voting change and the allegations of inappropriate behavior. >> pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. they no longer have to wait 15 days to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on thursday cardinals can decide to move up the ceremony. >> i think we should get it to as soon as possible. >> i'm surprise d. >> they would like a new pope before easter week, march 24th. keith o'brien will be noticeably absent. he resigned amid allegations he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. o'brien denies the acquisitions and says he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> the fact that it has been accepted by pope benedict i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainly that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists say the new allegations are another blemish for the church. >> it's sad. very sad. >> i think it's a shame they have to experience that. >> pope benedict also met monday with the elderly cardinals who conducted a probe into the leak of vatican documents. the out going pope has de
's get you to vatican city and pope benedict's farewell tour. in it he thanked the faithful there their prayers and called for prayers for the next pope, as well. this is one of the last public appearances he's going to make. on the other end, though, it's audition day for some of his possible successors. so, the end maybe of his reign and beginning of another. speaking to congregations around the world today. right now from rome ben wedemen. let's start with pope benedict, ben. how will he spend his last 11 days as pope? >> well, we know that once he's done with this angelus mass he will go into a lenten retreat for a week. this is one of the normal rituals of the lenten period that leads to, of course, easter. during that time, he will be in this retreat when prayer and contemplation with other leading bishops and cardinals. now, it's important to keep in mind that the election for the pope is not like the election in most places. it's a very solemn affair and the cardinals, the bishops, they talk about the qualities they would like to see in a pope. but it's very bad tast
kaye. i want to start with you in vatican city for a beginning and end of sorts here. pope benedict xvi is residing from st. peter's square right now. this is one of the last appearances he will make as pope. on the other end of the spectrum it is audition day for some of his successors. joining me now from rome cnn international correspondent ben wedemen. ben, i want to start with pope benedict. how will he spend his last 11 days now as pope? >> well, right now what we see is a much larger crowd that he's addressing in st. peter's square. numbers as high as 150,000 people on a normal sunday it wouldn't be even half that number. now, he's going to give this angelus prayers and address the faithful in a number of languages. right now in italian but also be speaking with them in english, polish, german. also today, however, he's going to go into a week of retreat for the period of lent and during that time he will be meeting in prayer and contemplation with many senior bishops and cardinals and, obviously, when that week comes to an end he will resume his normal activities, which include
false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116 cardinals who will be meeting in the next few weeks in rome or rather in the vatican city to elect the next pope. fredricka in. >> in general, are people taking this report seriously throughout rome, or is th
an outpouring of love and admiration for the retiring pontiff. pope benedict xvi, sunday's final blessing as leader of 1.2 billion catholics, and worshippers packing st. peter's square as they prepare for the transition. in the next minute, the pontiff's word to the world. and a bombshell admission from the family of blade runner oscar pistorius, he's up on murder charges and now a family member facing charges for the death of a different woman. fox reports, the new developments on the legal firestorm surrounding the olympic star. and this bartender fired for trying to do what she says was the right thing. >> and simply had a very drunk person leaving the bar, he's going to kill someone. but she lost her job anyway. why? >> i'm harris falkner, first tonight on the fox report, the great american race. the daytona 500 is in the record books. the day began with a series of firsts for nascar racing and ended with a familiar name-- >> for the second time the daytona 500 goes to jimmie johnson, five-time champion. >> harris: jimmie johnson and danica patrick was third entering the final lap, bu
, the vatican announces what could be the first change once pope benedict xv steps down. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ woman ] looks like another glorious week in florida. ♪ ♪ that...was...awesome. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] how do you make your family vacation this epic? go to visitflorida.com. quakes in the coming days, the world will focus on the vatican. >> the preparations for the conclave are already under way. suzanne kennedy joins us to tell us about the preparations. >> these are the final days the archbishop will be in washington, d.c. he is spending them in prayer and reflection. he offers praise as he celebrates one of his last masses before leaving for the vatican. today, the archbishop of marked the feast of st. peter at the cathedral of saint matthew. during his homily, the cardinal reflected on the shock many catholics experienced when they learned pope benedict xvi was stepping down. >> we are able to recognize that our holy father's action speaks to us of his greatness. >> this is the first time in modern history a pope has resigned. it is also the first time the cardi
, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his replacement. >> the pope has given the cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave which will choose his successor. a cardinal that has been in the headlines for the past 24 hours for all the wrong reasons decides to resign and says he's not coming to the conclave. all this is happening while the faithful celebrate the end of benedict's papacy. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemental vehemently denies. because of his role protecting abusive priests, decide to stay home. and cardinal o'brian. >> someone has erred in some way or another, it doesn't salt their judgment. >> reporter: today he resigned. ugly headline that is one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics but other parts of it are the long-delayed reckoning with problems that require face iingd correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many o
that there could be an american pope. is that a long shot? >> no, it's not. the field is wide open. pope benedict xvi said when he resigned there are pressing questions, urgent questions and the united states is taking it up. i believe that's pretty possible. >> when you talk about americans, certainly cardinal o'malley of boston because he is seen as someone who has cleaned house from the sex abuse scandal, do you think the new pope must be a reformer must have a record of reform when it comes to the sex abuse scandal? >> the sex abuse scandal was a terrible scourge on the church and on the world and certainly we need a leader who will continue to uncover the sexual scandals, deal with them effectively, and remove those who have caused these scandals. certainly someone like cardinal o'malley who has dealt with the crisis in boston head on is needed to take the church forward for the good of the church and the good of the world. >> hue much political trading takes place with this in the way they reach a decision until you have to bring factions together and trade bac
day at the vatican, catholics watched pope benedict give his final sunday address. [ cheering and applause ] >> the pontiff delivered his final blessing to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking st. peter's square. he said he is not abandoning the church. rather he is retiring to spend his final years in prayer. the 85-year-old is stepping down thursday, the first pope to do so in almost 600 years, not since 1415, quite historic moment for the catholic church. >> that's older than our country. >> feels like it's been that long since we saw sun. >>> we saw it today. we get another day of sunshine tomorrow. so tomorrow will be nice and overall temperatures this week than bad, but we will have some cold -- aren't that bad, but we will have some cold temperatures again. 39 degrees outside. we'll have that full forecast detailing everything when we return. >>> from what i'm hearing today's weather was just enough that people want to say good- bye winter, just bring on spring. let's move on. >> can't quite do that yet. it is still febru
of thousands gather in st. peter's square as pope benedict delivers his last sunday blessing. this, as the vatican lashes out at scandalous rumors over why the pope is actually leaving. >>> and we're going oscar crazy this morning, looking at the likely winners and the long shots. "silver linings playbook" won big at the spirit awards last night. is that a precursor of what's to come tonight? just hours to go before the curtain goes up on hollywood's biggest night. >>> hey, good morning, everybody. we've got a live shot of the red carpet in the hollywood. in a few hours, it's going to be crawling with stars, including our own robin roberts and lara spencer. who will leading our coverage at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the spirit awards were held overnight where "silver linings playbook" cleaned up. does it fore shadow a big win for that film? ron claiborne still holding out for "les miserables." >> it was a huge night for jennifer lawrence. for "silver linings playbook." lot of people were talking about that, does she win best actress award? >>> also coming up -- not great news, 11 states in
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benedict begins his final work as leader of the world's roman catholics. >>> plus, a cnn exclusive. you will meet the real americans whose rescue from iran inspired the oscar-winning movie "argo." i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we're only four days away from billions of dollars in forced budget cuts. this afternoon, members of congress are finally back on capitol hill. president obama meanwhile welcomed the nation's governors to the white house. but is anybody looking for a real compromise that will avoid the chaos scheduled to hit this friday? our search for answers begins with our national political correspondent jim acosta. what's the latest, jim? >> reporter: wolf, if anything, both sides sound like they are digging in. the white house is accusing republicans of putting schools and the health of young children at risk. meanwhile, the republicans are accusing the obama administration of trying to scare people. >> welcome, everybody. >> reporter: speaking to a meeting of the nation's governors, president obama said if congre
about, another fox news alert. and we have a live report from the vatican, pope benedict is giving hits final sunday blessing and hundreds of thousands in the square, and his last public appearance as pope and final appearance on wednesday and steps down on thursday, the first pope to resign in 600 years, just as oscar pistorius is dealing with murder charges we're learning that his brother is in the same situation. overnight details emerging that carl pistorius is facing homicide charges over a 2010 car crash. he allegedly hit and killed a female cyclist driving recklessly. and the attorney says that the woman allegedly drove into his car. and the subject they're searching for after the deadly drive-by shooting on the las vegas rip. 26-year-old amar harris. the black range rover was found at an apartment complex near the strip. that s.u.v. rode up to a maserati. and that exploded killing three people. in dallas the monorail gets stuck 20 feet above ground and took about half an hour for them to rescue 100 poom from t the-- people from the rail. >> clayton: thanks. >> tucker: five days
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the papal election campaign is getting ugly. today, pope benedict is expected to announce new rules about the conclave. he can do it by dedegree. the pope is an absolute monarch. the vatican is accusing the press corps of being the modern day borges. these day, the italian parps read like dan brown novel. detailing a sex and blackmail scandal involving the curia. there's some truth to it. last year, the pope formed an investigative commission. these three men, referred to as the 007 cardinals. the pope's butler stole classified documents. they gave the pope a report. only he and they not what's in it. >> you get tons of rumors and all these whispers. most of them are not true. >> reporter: at the same time, the very real church sex abuse scandal, casting a shadow over l.a.'s roger mahoney and other cardinals. should morally tainted cardinals be allowed to help choose the new pope. the pope has announced new rules. the bottom line is the cardinals will not have to wait the 15 days they would have waited before. but the timing of the conclave will be up to them. george? >> thank you, david
. >> reporter: even arranging an audience with pope benedict to tell him about the clinic in ghana. do you remember your knees shaking? >> oh, yes. i was very nervous and very pale and tongue-tied at first. >> reporter: it could turn out he was in the presence of a future pope as well. susan candiotti, cnn, albany, new york. >>> and tomorrow pope benedict holds his last blessing and cnn covers it live in the 6:00 a.m. hour. >>> also tomorrow, the daytona 500. the super bowl of motorsports and all the talk this week is about one driver -- danica patrick. >>> we take you live to the track. >>> first, not everyone in america qualified to go to college is able to go. attacking the problem head-on. this man started a mentoring program preparing high school students to be college students for free and he's this week's "cnn hero." >> the state took me and my siblings away from my mom when i was 14. now we live with our grandparents. i don't want to be faced with the limits that my mom faced, and that's why i want to go to college. my grandparents only went to grade school. there was nobody out th
. appreciate that from you. more coming up. >>> now to the vatican, where moments ago, pope benedict made history, delivering his weekly sunday prayers from the balcony for the last time before he retires this thursday. all this, as the vatican is fighting back against the swirl of scandal with the pope's spokesman making extraordinary accusations against the media. abc's david wright is in rome. >> reporter: this was the last time we will see him in the window for the pope's weekly appointment with the faithful. this time, next week, the papal apartment will be sealed for his successor. the elections, or at least the campaign, well under way. it's an election like no other, an absolute monarch, elected by princes who are appointed, the men in red, one of whom will end up wearing white. palace intrigue is part of the history going back 2,000 years. >> through the course of centuries, cardinals have to face many forms of pressure. >> reporter: now the vatican says that the media is trying to meddle. >> today, there is an attempt to do this through public opinion. >> reporter: salacious cha
filled st. peter's square for pope benedict's final blessing. four days he will step down as head of the catholic church. the vatican is dealing with new allegations today involving one of its cardinals. anne thompson has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. it's a mixture of joy and intrigue here in vatican city. this morning catholics and the curious jammed st. peter's square to hear pope benedict's final blessing. this got not only a blessing but the pope also shed light on why he resigned. god had called him on the mountain to live a life of more prayer and meditation but he wasn't going to abandon the church. the 85-year-old pontiff said that god had had asked him to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so more in a way appropriate to his age and strength. now, this very joyous event took place against a background of scandal. there are new headlines in britain this morning, three priests and a former priest accused the scottish cardinal keith o'brien of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. they want cardinal o'brien to resign
are facing pressure and criticism for alleged cases of sexual abuse. all that comes as pope benedict gets ready to resign on thursday. an estimated 100,000 people were at the vatican for benedict's final appearance is scheduled for wednesday to general audience. >>> the pope might be aging, but he's not as old as this guy. he's 101 years old. we're telling you about him only because he's finally hanging up his competitive running shoes at 101. >> remarkable. he's known as the world's oldest marathoner. yesterday he finished the last ten kilometers of the marathon in hong kong. as far as competing, he says it's time to retire, but he adds he might run again to raise money for charities. he's 101 years old. >> and by the way, he only took up running when he was 89 years old as a way to overcome the death of his wife and son, which happened in quick succession. a runner? >> i'll treadmill at the gym, but that's about it. >> congratulations at doing that at 101, things i can don't at 32. >> makes me think there might be a marathon in my future. >> when you turn 89. >> i'll wait until i'm 89.
forecast. eri erica. >>> pope benedict met italy's leader five days before he steps down. there is speculation about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson has more from vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. all kind of chatter at the vatican where pope benedict is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for its final two events. meanwhile ther meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion, like who will lead the church, that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praise in catholic circles for his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting obama administration con ra sepgs coverage mandate. this week he was depossessed about how he dealt with abusive prie
macfarlane is hosting. it should be funny. >>> about 100,000 packed st. pet peter's quer. pope benedict told the faithfuls he would not abandon the church. i understand there seems to be a new complication involving one of the key cardinals playing a role in choosing a new pope. tell us about the new wrinkle, if you will. >> reporter: it looks like a day doesn't go by without a cardinal being implicated into a scandal of sexual nature. we heard of cardinal mahoney of los angeles and sean brady of ireland being implicated of cover ups. today was the day of cardinal keith o'brien from scotland who is the highest cleric in the catholic church of britain. he is being accused by a number of priests, three priests and a former cleric of inappropriate conduct or inappropriate behavior that is believed to be of sexual nature about 30 years ago. the vatican hasn't reacted to those allegations that were made today. a source goes and says that the pope is being briefed about the new scandal this afternoon. in the meantime as it happened for cardinal mahoney and cardinal brady public opinions against th
. erica? >> thanks. >>> pope benedict met with italy's president this morning just five days before he steps down as the leader of the catholic church. there's some speculation today about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson is in vatican city with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. there's all kinds of chatter here at the vatican where pope benedict xvi is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops today to italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for his final two events. meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion such as who will lead the church that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy doland. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praising catholic circles for his charismatic persona, his efforts to revitalize the church, and fighting the obama
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